Caregiver program receives grant

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County received a grant from The Baptist Healing Trust, which recently awarded funds totaling almost $2.1 million to 56 local non-profits for a variety of health related projects, according to President & CEO Cathy Self.

The Baptist Healing Trust fosters access to compassionate healthcare in Middle Tennessee through its grant making and programs.

The Caregiver Relief Program's grant was for $5000.00 and will be used for the family respite reimbursement program. The Caregiver Relief Program provides free nursing service to families suffering with Alzheimer's disease in Bedford County. One of our main goals is to help the family caregiver find quality regular respite care. "When caregivers receive regular respite care they are able to continue in the caregiving role longer and the Alzheimer's victim is able to live a quality life longer," says Joyce Adams, the R.N. Program Director.

One Bedford County caregiver says respite is the most important part of her week.

"I could not continue to care for my husband if I didn't have a little time away and had the help from the Caregiver Relief Program," she said.

Recipients of the contributions include non-profit organizations from all over Middle Tennessee working to create access to quality, compassionate health services for the community's most vulnerable.

This year's grants bring the collective grant making of the Baptist Healing Trust to over $59 million since 2002. The Baptist Healing Trust was created when Baptist Hospital in Nashville sold to St. Thomas Health Services, a ministry of Ascension Health in St. Louis, Missouri.